Deforest is just minutes from the State Capital and easily accessible, having ready access to six major highways, rail transportation, and the Dane County Regional Airport. There are sixteen main parks located inside Deforest, all with unique views and friendly to leashed dogs. With nearly fifty veterinarians and vet centers in the area around Deforest, your pet is certain to be well taken care of no matter where you are.
For a green expanse unlike anything you’ve ever seen, head on down to Token Creek County Park. This park is over four hundred acres and boasts miles of walking trails, winding through open grassland and forest alike. The park is also home to a sizable dog park, with one section being exclusive for small dogs. Here pups can run around off leash to their heart’s content, and make new friends along the way!
Deforest also prides itself on safe neighborhoods and an exquisite trail system to satisfy the craving for the natural outdoors. One of the most prominent trails is the Upper Yahara River Trail, a three mile long route that travels along the Yahara River so you can appreciate it’s beauty up close. The trail has seven different access points along the route, making it easy to get on or off.
Featuring five separate parks and easy freeway access, Deforest Community is the ideal place to be. The biggest of these parks, Northern Corridor Park, lies at the eastern edge of the neighborhood. This 52 acre plot of land has everything from forested areas to open fields with ponds and rivers. As an added bonus, this park is home to the Marvin & Marie Schweers Dog Park, located at the northeast corner of this large area. All dogs must be licensed and vaccinated to enter this off leash area, as well as hold a park permit. This permit is free to local residents, and $3 a day for visitors. Your pup is certain to have a blast!
Holland Fields is a small, peaceful community with an easygoing atmosphere. Right off Cradle Hill Drive is Cradle Hill Park, a quaint area with a small stretch of green that offers a unique, tucked away place for you to take your pup on his daily walk. At the opposite end of the neighborhood is Old Amsterdam Park, another humble area with a concrete walkway through grass and trees that is ideal for a scenic stroll. Neither of these parks are fenced in, so remember to keep your pup on a leash at all times. Whatever your choice, you and your dog are sure to have a good time.
Millstone Heights is a serene neighborhood that’s well maintained and a beauty to look at. While not especially large, the neighborhood lays claim to their own Millstone Heights Park. This forested area is the perfect place to take your pup on your daily stroll, with gorgeous shade trees and lovely views to explore. The park comes complete with a sizable field that’s perfect for running and burning off some energy! The area tends to be quieter, so this is the ideal place for older or more sensitive dogs who don’t like a lot of excitement. Remember to keep your pup leashed in this public park.
For a friendly neighborhood with an open atmosphere, Rivers Turn is the place to go. This neighborhood is tucked right in the bend of the Upper Yahara River Environmental Corridor, a beautiful green area fed by Yahara River. Equal parts open fields and forested areas, the Turn features nearly five miles of walkable trails that travel through this reserve, from flat, paved areas to rocky hiking spots. Two bridges span these trails for unique views that you can’t get anywhere else. With so much to explore, morning walks will never be boring again! Remember to keep your pup leashed at all times, as this area is not fenced in and is host to unpredictable wildlife.
With a whopping eight parks inside this area, South of North is a place with no shortage of options for dog owners! The biggest, Western Green Area Park, has a river running through the center of it and numerous scenic paths that wind through its grassy landscape and towering trees. Follow the trail along the river far enough south and you’ll find the second biggest park, Sunnybrook Park, with walking and hiking trails that lead right up to its own pond. Both parks are the ideal place for a daily walk and are certain to make your pup a tail wagger!